CLINTON — A third person pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with the 2017 burglary of Hillbilly Jack’s restaurant.
Jennifer J. Ozmon, 39, 438 11th Ave. South, appeared in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, by aiding and abetting. The State will not proceed on the habitual offender sentencing enhancement. The State will dismiss one count of attempted first-degree burglary, a Class C felony, at sentencing with costs assessed to Ozmon. One count of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, a Class D felony, will be dismissed regardless of any plea agreement, with costs assessed to the State. The plea is an open plea and no promises are made in regard to sentencing, which is set for 9:30 a.m. March 8.
Two co-defendants previously were sentenced in relation to the burglary. Sandell R. Anderson Jr., 28, 438 10th Ave. South, was sentenced June 29 to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed five years for third-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary, Class D felonies. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
Charlie Johnson Jr., 34, 1008 S. 10th St., was sentenced July 6 and was granted suspended sentences not to exceed five years for third-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
According to the affidavit, at 9:03 p.m. Jan. 4, 2017, officers responded to Hillbilly Jack’s restaurant, 1516 Camanche Ave., to a report of a burglary in progress. Officers arrived and determined there were people inside the business who refused to exit the building. Officers made entry and took two individuals into custody. The two individuals were identified as Anderson and Johnson.
The affidavit states Anderson and Johnson were interviewed and both admitted to planning the burglary. They both stated Ozmon, who was an employee with Hillbilly Jack’s, assisted them with the burglary. Ozmon planned to leave the outside doors unlocked as she left work on the night of Jan. 4, 2017.
The affidavit states that on Jan. 9, 2017, an officer met with Ozmon at the Clinton Police Department in reference to her involvement in the Hillbilly Jack’s burglary. Ozmon admitted during her interview she was working on Jan. 4, 2017. Ozmon stated she planned with Anderson and Johnson to help in the burglary by unlocking the doors of the business at closing time. Anderson and Johnson used the unlocked door to gain entry into the business.